Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 : devscripts vulnerability (USN-847-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 42082


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Raphael Geissert discovered that uscan, a part of devscripts, did not properly sanitize its input when processing pathnames. If uscan processed a crafted filename for a file on a remote server, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected devscripts package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 42082

File Name: ubuntu_USN-847-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/10/09

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:devscripts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2009/10/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2946

OSVDB: 57829

USN: 847-1